The desk I sit each day to work is about four feet from the foot of my bed. Not the most ideal set up for a home office but for now, the bedroom office works. Having limited floor space to work with but needing a big work surface for all my “stuff” I scoured the internet for months to find the perfect desk. In my old apartment I had used a console table from West Elm (no longer available) as my desk and it worked well but wasn’t deep enough for much besides my desktop Mac and Sally and I repurposed it our mainroom to sit below our TV in our new place. I knew I wanted something pretty that I could use for years down the road and although I needed it to be simple and clean I didn’t want something all-white and typical. When my search landed on Wisteria’s Glass Desk I knew I had my dream desk.
Pros: the work surface is huge, it’s the perfect height for my current chair and will still work when and if I ever get this dream desk chair, and because it’s glass it doesn’t visually take up that much space in my small bedroom. Cos: no drawers to hide things in and being see-through means seeing cords and coming up with desk-top storage solutions. I’m a nut and seeing wires and cords drives me crazy so I bundled mine up into one strand secured with twist ties and hid them in this white cable box that sits on the floor. Because it’s glass it does show smudges, finger-prints, and dust quickly and easily but I’ve become used to it and just dust it constantly.
Working from home isn’t always easy (especially when your bed is within reach and the TV is in the other room) but honestly, having a desk I love has made all the difference in my productivity. Most days I work half the day still in my jammers and then hop into workout gear before going to an Exhale class, then come back to sit some more. Basically, it’s rare that I look as put together in the pics above. But Blue Moonbeam is often cuddled in my lap (savoring this before he gets way to big to fit in this spot), looking up at me from below the glass, or cozy beneath my feet and he’s the best distraction I have. I’ve got a lot of “stuff” on my work surface—a collection of cute but functional items from my mama, odds and ends I collect as inspiration, things from friends that make me smile, and favorite books.
My hope is that the next place I live in has a separate office so I can keep my bedroom and work separate and get file cabinets (love these!) and the like for additional storage…till then, I’m more than happy with the set-up I have.
Images taken by Mary Summers for A Piece of Toast
(Desk: Wisteria Glass Desk c/o // Container Store Chair // IKEA Faux Sheepskin Throw // West Elm Industrial Task Table Lamp // Container Store Clear Wall Pocket // Stop It Right Now Skateboard Deck // Well Read Photograph Print by Leah Viner // Sugar Paper Desk Calendar // Bobbi Brown, Teenage Beauty // Bobbi Brown, Pretty Powerful // Dachshund Letter Holder // kate spade ‘The Long List’ Notepad // Assouline, American Beauty // Alexandra Von Furstenberg Chiclet Bowl // kate spade ‘Escape The Ordinary’ Notebook // Alexa Chung, IT // Peace Sign Stamp // Chanchitos Piggie // Lacie Hard Drives . Wearing: AG The Marcel Shirt c/o // J Brand Photo Ready Jeans // essie ‘Splash of Grenadine’ Polish)